The 1998 Far Niente Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has subtle blackberry and cassiasflavors complemented by cedar oak aromas as well as the typical "dusty"components traditionally found among the finest soils of the western vineyards ofOakville. The vintage has produced round California ripeness with a firm core thatmaintains grace. The blending has helped produce a wine that is soft and layerednow, while further bottle aging will reward your patience with a longer and morevelvety texture.
Wine Maker Notes
The 1998 growing season remained quite cool into late spring, with periodic rainand cold weather extending into early June. Then by mid-month, the weatherdeveloped into extremely hot daytime conditions, tempered only by the coolevenings. As a result, the vines experienced a sudden transition from spring tosummer, and did not have as much time to develop as usual. Ultimately, theclimatic conditions found their balance, and harvest took place within a normaltimeframe, commencing on October 10th and lasting through early November.However, stringent selection of the grape clusters in the vineyard, and again at thewinery, was necessary to obtain the best possible fruit quality.
The three varietals used in this wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc (8%),and Merlot (15%), were carefully monitored, then hand picked from our estatevineyards. The Stelling Vineyard, located in Oakville directly behind Far Niente,remains the cornerstone of this Cabernet. The clusters were then sorted by hand toassure the finest quality prior to crushing. Following fermentation in stainless steeltanks and three weeks of maceration, each lot was evaluated. Only those lots thatcombined best to express the unique house style of Far Niente were included in theblend that was assembled into new French Oak Barrels for twenty months of aging.In a final step to further soften the wine prior to bottling, each barrel was fined withseveral fresh egg whites.
Bon AppetitTop 101998 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon“Sophisticated with near-Socratic depth and fabulous balance.”– Anthony Dias Blue